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Georgia man shoots and kills young Latino who accidentally pulled into his driveway

10:06 am - 01/30/2013

Rodrigo Diaz, 22, was driving around with his girlfriend and two friends when he pulled into a driveway, thinking they had arrived at another friend’s house, his brother says. But instead he pulled into the driveway of Phillip Sailors, 69, who thought his home was being robbed, his lawyer says. Sailors then shot Diaz, according to the police report, citing what Sailors told officers at the scene. Diaz later died while in the intensive care unit.

“Basically, what happened is they were looking for one of my brother’s girlfriend’s friends,” says his brother David E. Diaz-Valencia, 23. “The guy came outside and my brother’s girlfriend said he was screaming, ‘Get off my property!’ and he shot into the air. My brother was backing out fast because he was scared and he rolled down the window to say he was sorry and he was not doing anything wrong. Then the guy shot him in his head.”
When officers arrived, Angie Rebolledo, Diaz’s girlfriend, had blood on her jeans, both arms and both hands as she was attempting to get a response from him and screamed frantically that her boyfriend had been shot, according to police.

Police arrested Sailors, of Lilburn, Georgia, who was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Sunday afternoon and charged with murder, according to the police report.

“At this point we have established probable cause to charge Mr. Sailors and when the investigation is complete, we will turn over the case file to the Gwinnett County District Attorneys Officer for processing,” Lilburn police Chief Bruce Hedley told NBC Latino. “To preserve the integrity of the case, I will not be releasing further information concerning this incident.”

Sailors’ lawyer says his client is a Vietnam veteran with no prior criminal history and thought he and his wife were about to be victims of a home invasion. “You have to understand this is a 69-year-old man who is a military veteran who has been honorably discharged,” Michael Puglise says. “He dedicated his life to community service, specifically the Christian Lay Ministry in Latin America.”

farchivist 30th-Jan-2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
Further information: Pulling into the driveway was the result of GPS leading him to the wrong house

A picture of Mr Sailors:

mickeym 30th-Jan-2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
This incident happened late in the evening hours when he was home with his wife and he assumed it was a home invasion and he maintains his innocence,” the attorney said.

What innocence, is what I want to know? He shot a man in cold blood. He didn't ask what they were doing there, he didn't give them a chance to leave, he didn't do anything but shoot and kill someone. Ugh.
farchivist 30th-Jan-2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
You're going to see very heavy use of SYG, "I was in fear of my life.", and Castle Doctrine in this case. We have all of it here in GA.
emofordino 30th-Jan-2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
ughhhhhhhhhhh if this turns into another case like when trayvon martin was murdered, i will be fucking furious. it's at least a little reassuring that they arrested sailors after it happened, though.
tinylegacies 30th-Jan-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
So if I'm in my house and a strange car pulls into my driveway and I'm afraid I'm about to be robbed... the logical course of action is to OPEN THE DOOR AND GO OUTSIDE WHERE THE POTENTIAL ROBBERS ARE instead of staying inside and calling 911. Even if he was legit afraid it was a home invasion, his actions are inexcusable.
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